Robert Habeck, the co-chairman of the Green party, which has a chance to find himself in the new German government, stated that the duty of the current cabinet is to negotiate with Moscow on gas supplies. – The demand is high. The current federal government should still talk to Russia to make this change, he announced.
In the “Bericht aus Berlin” program on ARD television, Robert Habeck called on the incumbent government (negotiations on the creation of a government coalition are underway after the Bundestag elections in September) to hold talks with Moscow on Russian gas supplies. High gas prices are worrying people, the politician pointed out.
– We are dependent on Russia, Russia is throttling supplies, warehouses are not full, and the demand is high. The current federal government should talk to Russia quickly to make this change, ‘said Habeck.
According to the Greens, the controversial Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline cannot yet receive an operating permit due to EU requirements. “Russia seems to be playing poker with us, but this is a foreign policy issue that the current government can at least still negotiate,” said Habeck.
“High security of supply”
Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said recently that there is high security of supply in Germany, despite the increased gas prices, reminded the daily “Die Welt” on Monday. According to Altmaier, the gas storage facilities are about 75 percent full. He assured that due to larger supplies from Norway and Great Britain there is no unilateral dependence on Russia in terms of gas imports.
“Die Welt” reported that “recently Russian President Vladimir Putin has been campaigning for the rapid launch of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which is to deliver natural gas from Russia via the Baltic Sea to Germany.”
Agreement to start coalition talks
The Greens have a good chance of joining the new German government. They participate in coalition negotiations with the social democratic SPD and the liberal FDP. At the congress on Sunday, the Green Party agreed to start formal coalition talks with the social democratic SPD and the liberal FDP. The new German government would be headed by Olaf Scholz from the SPD.
According to Robert Habeck, the negotiated coalition may be “a great win for the Greens and the whole of Germany”. At the party’s congress in Berlin on Sunday, he said that “the Greens will play an unprecedented role in the new government and will be the engine of transformation.”
The Greens want Germany to withdraw from coal-based electricity production faster and to increase the share of energy from renewable sources. The main condition for the party is to accelerate the process so that it ends in 2030 at best, eight years earlier than the current target.
The issue of taxes
Potential partners agreed not to raise taxes, as previously opposed by FDP liberals, and to increase investment to combat the effects of climate change and promote the digitization of the country. Details on the financing of planned projects are to be the main topic in the upcoming negotiations.
According to Scholz, the coalition talks will end before Christmas. His SPD in the Bundestag elections in September overtook the Christian Democratic parties CDU / CSU with a slight difference of votes, and the Greens finished the elections in third place. Next was the pro-business FDP.
The Greens were the only party in the forming coalition to announce the possibility of submitting the results of the negotiations to an internal party vote. The negotiated government would be the second one with this party; in the years 1998-2005 the Greens were a coalition partner of the center-left cabinet of Gerhard Schroeder.
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